This Mother’s Day card craft is a beautiful art project kids can make for their moms or grandmas for Mother’s Day. We love using watercolors and had a lot of fun making these cards. My daughter made 2 and wanted to make more!
I just love how the coffee filter flowers turned out and we used a fun process art technique to create the two-toned blue background. Lots of experimenting and having fun went into these cards. Check out my awesome watercolor painting for kids post for more fun and creative ideas kids will love!
There is so much customizing that you could do for these cards, kids can pick out the colors they want to paint for the flowers and the colors for the background. My daughter printed Happy Mother’s Day with a rose gold sharpie but you could stamp the words or even leave the words out completely and use this idea for any occasion.
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Make Your Own 3D Flower Mother’s Day Card Craft
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- Coffee Filters
- Watercolor paper
- Watercolor paint – (we use this brand, I love the paints and they have lasted us a long time)
- Watercolor palettes
- Plastic wrap
- Painters tape
- Wooden board to tape paper to
- Metallic sharpie or paint pen
- Rhinestone brads (paper fasteners)
Instructions for painting your Mother’s Day card background
1. Start by folding your watercolor paper into cards. I had some scrap pieces of paper that I was able to use and our cards when folded were 5.25 x 7.5 inches. Tape down the folded cards to your wooden board using painters tape. This gives the cards a nice edge, keeps the watercolor paper from buckling and makes it easier for kids to paint on. We did two cards at once.
2. Mix up your background colors. We used 2 shades of blue but you can use whatever colors you like. Make sure to test the colors on a scrap piece of paper first to make sure the colors are the right shade and dark enough. With our cards, the first one my daughter painted was a bit too light (but still looked great!) so with the second one, I added more color to make the blues darker.
3. Paint your watercolor paper first with a plain water wash. You want the paper to be wet but not soaking, if the paper is too wet, just dab it a bit with some paper towels.
4. Start painting your cards, reminding kids to rinse their brushes before changing colors. The watercolor paints will mix and blend together on the paper creating interesting patterns.
5. Take some plastic wrap and put it on the paper crinkling it up a bit to make even more texture. Leave the plastic wrap on until the paper is dry.
When you take off the plastic wrap you will have created beautiful and unique patterns! This watercolor technique looks beautiful as part of this Mother’s Day card craft but is also a great process art project all on its own.
Instructions for making your 3D flower
1. Each flower uses 3 coffee filters. Depending on the size of your card, you might want to trim the coffee filters down a bit first. I folded the filters in half and then trimmed all three, checking to make sure they were the size I wanted before we started painting.
2. Mix up your flower colors. We chose purple and pink for the outer petal, orange and red for the middle and yellow for the center. Again, test your colors first on a scrap piece of paper.
3. Paint your coffee filters on a tray, making sure to keep the colors separated so they don’t all run into each other. Let everything dry completely before moving on.
4. Now it’s time to make your flower! Put your coffee filters together and take your jewel brad, poke it through the center and holding on to the back of the brad, fold your flower petals up like in the picture. I think the more crinkled they get, the better they look. Once you’re happy with how the flower looks, you can attach it to your card.
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5. Write your Mother’s Day message in metallic sharpie or whatever method you want to use. I drew light pencil lines for my daughter as a guide and took the flower out so she could write her message without messing up the flower.
This 3D flower Mother’s Day card craft is so pretty and we had a lot of fun experimenting with different watercolor techniques to make them. Kids will love making these for their moms or grandmas for Mother’s Day or for any occasion.
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